Heroic Desire: Lesbian Identity and Cultural Space
"Lesbians are adept at constructing survival strategies. Our being in this world exacts a cost, and our identities mutate to incorporate and resist that cost. The reality of our world is our relentless demand for presence, an occupation of space which we have colonized for ourselves, in the name of a configuration of desires we call 'lesbian', -- the more reflective we can become about these tactics, the more powerful is our rhetoric of existence".
This book is concerned with the ways contemporary lesbians have taken up imaginative and material space. It describes the mechanics of presence, how modern lesbians have produced a discursive space which offers a refutation to the closet. Identities are produced, expressed, and authenticated by and through space. Understanding "real" and metaphorical spatial structures helps us to discover new sites of presence and resistance. Some famous spaces, such as New York, Paris, and Berlin, have been constitutive of modern gay and lesbian identities. Social spaces teach us something about the relations of domination and subordination around us, and we have seen recently in that struggle "to be", a growing politics of location and locatedness.
Space is also taken imaginatively. Our narratives, which have become moral and political handbooks, provide role models for building and consolidating identities and communities. By processes of interpretation, drawing from literary and cultural theory, the author displays ways in
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40-61. 43. Nan Keene, Twice as Gay. New York: After Hours Book No. 109, 1964,
back cover. 44. See Diane Hamer, '"I Am a Woman": Ann Bannon and the writing
of lesbian identity in the 1950's', in Mark Lilly (ed.), Lesbian and Gay Writing.
As Raiskin identifies, Anzaldua draws on her model for the 'New Mestiza' from the
work of Mexican nationalist writer Jose ... as a state of psychic unrest, which, like
a cactus needle in the flesh, has to be excised by the process of writing.
Barthes equated the concept of utopia with the novelistic, or even more broadly,
Text, so: At the centre of Barthes' understanding of the utopia is the writer's
permanent commitment to writing the world, by which he means an act of ...
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